Keeping kids safe for Halloween doesn't have to be tricky

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PARKERSBURG, W. Va. (WTAP)- Halloween is a night full of frights, fun, and sweets, but it is important to make sure you are safe while enjoying the holiday.

Local law-enforcement officials said it's important that adults head out with children to make sure they are safe.

"The biggest concern for us is the safety of the trick-or-treaters whether that be from someone there to watch them," said Lt. Richard A. George of the Wood County Sheriff's Office. "So just making sure there is a parent or a guardian somewhere close by to keep them from running out in the street and keep their mind a little bit more on safety."

Motorists should also be mindful while driving around those little ghosts and goblins running around the neighborhoods.

For those still deciding on a costume, a local expert said there are some things you may want to leave out of your costume this year.

"You have got to be careful with anything weapons related of course," said Mick Williams of Multiverse Comics in Parkersburg. "If it looks like a gun for example, make sure that it has a blaze orange tip so that people recognize it immediately as a prop or costume piece."

Williams also said you don't have to head out to a store to create a fun and safe costume.

"The major thing is kinda have some fun with it so be creative as you can possibly be," he said. "Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and don't be afraid to ask for help. So don't be afraid to get some foam to sculpt something or try something out."